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Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem

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It appears as if California Golden Bears alum Marshawn Lynch has joined a growing host of NFL players that are expressing their right to freedom of expression about an issue that continues to rankle the league and its owners. Beast Mode sat during yesterday’s national anthem.

I believe Lynch has previously not stood for the national anthem on a few occasions (even as far back as his days at Cal). After a day of national tragedy where the ugliest side of America came out in full force, this story rose to the surface. It appears as if Lynch was responding to these events with a deep political message about where he stands on these issues.

Lynch has previously expressed support for Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. This was from an interview on Conan last year.

"With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered," Lynch said. "So my take on it is s--- has to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes to see that there’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop. And if you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have."

I’m always proud when athletes take stands and assert their right to freedom of expression, particularly on difficult social issues. Kudos to Marshawn for fighting the good fight.

What are your thoughts Cal fans?